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Wigan Athletic 2-1 Blackpool

Wigan Athletic booked their place in the second round of the EFL Cup - but Blackpool will wonder how they slipped to defeat at the DW Stadium.

Despite dominating the first half, the Seasiders somehow found themselves trailing 2-0 at the break.

Josh Laurent marked his first Wigan start with the opening goal on 17 minutes. and Jordan Flores - who spent the second half of last term on loan at Bloomfield Road - doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time.

Armand Gnanduillet pulled one back with a header from a corner just before the hour mark.

But substitute Jamille Matt squandered three gilt-edged opportunities inside the final quarter to take the game to extra-time.

After firing wide from a good position, the lively forward then saw a flick header glance the bar on the way over.

But arguably the best chance came deep in stoppage time, when Matt ignored the supporting Nathan Delfouneso to go it alone, only to drag his shot wide of Owen Evans' far post.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 40Evans
  • 29BurkeBooked at 38mins
  • 21ThomasSubstituted forStubbsat 65'minutes
  • 12Daniels
  • 26James
  • 7Gilbey
  • 15Flores
  • 36MerrieSubstituted forLangat 65'minutes
  • 19Laurent
  • 27Colclough
  • 9GriggSubstituted forBurgessat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Perkins
  • 24Hunt
  • 32Gregory
  • 34Stubbs
  • 35Burgess
  • 37Lavercombe
  • 39Lang

Blackpool

  • 1Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Aimson
  • 29Hartley
  • 12Wilmer-Anderton
  • 17Solomon-OtaborSubstituted forRichardsat 87'minutes
  • 15Longstaff
  • 21Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forMattat 70'minutes
  • 30Delfouneso
  • 11Gnanduillet
  • 10ClaytonSubstituted forPhilliskirkat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Philliskirk
  • 19Matt
  • 34Turenne Des Pres
  • 37Mafoumbi
  • 43Richards
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
3,391

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away13
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 2, Blackpool 1.

Callum Lang (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Peter Hartley (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left.

Foul by Callum Lang (Wigan Athletic).

Sean Longstaff (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nick Anderton (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Sam Stubbs.

Attempt saved. Peter Hartley (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Wigan Athletic).

Jamille Matt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alex Gilbey (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamille Matt (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Caleb Richards replaces Viv Solomon-Otabor.

Attempt missed. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Will Aimson.

Foul by Ryan Colclough (Wigan Athletic).

Nick Anderton (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jamille Matt (Blackpool) hits the bar with a header from very close range.

Foul by Sam Stubbs (Wigan Athletic).

Danny Philliskirk (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Reece James.

Delay in match Luke Burke (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Josh Laurent (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamille Matt (Blackpool).

Foul by Luke Burgess (Wigan Athletic).

Will Aimson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Luke Burgess replaces William Grigg.

Donervon Daniels (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Corner, Blackpool.

Attempt saved. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Jamille Matt replaces Bright Samuel because of an injury.

Delay in match Bright Samuel (Blackpool) because of an injury.

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